Updated: Feb 22
Oomi (pronounced oh-me) is a hardworking high school senior in Los Angeles with big goals in engineering -- and she just get her Early Action acceptance from MIT.
I asked her if she could give a piece of advice to other students, and here's what she said.
Know your style.
Know your work style. If you don’t practice endurance, a sprint can only get you ahead for so long. You can take breaks, but keep in mind, “the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.” (Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen - Baz Luhrmann)
Know your test taking style. Typically calm people perform better under pressure, and constantly stressed out students function very well when relaxed. I consider myself the calm person, so I like to psych myself out before a test.
I cannot stress this one enough: Know your fun style. It’s important to take on a healthy workload— I’m taking 7 APs senior year— and to find support in friends and family when you need it. You’re capable of finishing each day’s to-do list, but if all of your tasks are academic and extracurricular, you may not find any time in your life for hobbies or relationships.
Take care of other people; google every “random” thought or unfamiliar concept, and stay hydrated!
Oh— and take some chances on doing the impossible! It’s worked out for me most of the time.
Do you know your style? What's one thing you do to keep your life working right?
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